A Gold Medal Olympian, a WWII Vet, and a Water Safety Pioneer

Adolph Kiefer won the Backstroke in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He then returned to the states, enlisted in the Navy, and established the Navy's first first real survival swimming course. Adolph was a water safety pioneer and did much to advance awareness of the benefits of swimming.

He experienced first hand the benefits of one of SwimKids foundations of swimming.

"[Thinking] back to his first experience in the water, when he was playing near a canal in Chicago and fell in, [Adolph] survived by turning over on his back...It was not something he had been taught, but whether it was serendipitous or instinctive, that simple movement saved his life - and changed it forever."